Man gunned down in Albany, warrants issued for suspect
March 8, 2008
Albany -- Behind the red door of an Albany apartment is where deadly violence erupted about 11 o'clock Friday night. It was a crime like this that Donna Wiegand, manager of Westwind Apartments, worked hard to keep out of her community.
She said, "It's shocking. Usually you hear kids playing, not guns."
That's why she was saddened to learn that 4 Hispanic men staying here were the targets of an armed robbery. One of the men, 28-year-old Manuel Salazar Montanes, was shot once during the crime. He later died at a hospital.
"It's real hard for someone to lose their life like that. It's difficult," said Wiegand.
So far police have charged 19-year-old Nicole Ne'Tasha Brown, 18-year-old La'Kesha Nacole Flewellen, and 16-year-old Kyinde Bellamy with three counts each of aggravated assault and armed robbery, both as party to a crime.
According to witnesses, these three women were inside the apartment prior to the shooting. While police would not say their relation to the victims, it does not appear to be a random crime.
Wiegand said, "It was not just someone that randomly picked an apartment. No."
Police say the suspect behind the deadly shooting is 19-year-old Jarvis Brendan Yarn. Warrants for felony murder and armed robbery have been issued against Yarn, who, according to witnesses, entered the apartment demanding money before firing several shots.
As for Wiegand, she says she'll continue working to keep her tenants safe despite the fact that violence disrupted this typically quiet complex.
She said, "I walk and I talk to my neighbors and I get to know them all. Its just unfortunate that it had to happen."
The investigation into this homicide is still ongoing while police work to determine what the exact relationship was between the suspects and the victims. As for Montanes, we're told he was from Mexico and had been working in construction.
Yarn is described as 5 foot 7 inches tall, 120 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
If you have any information about this case or the whereabouts of Jarvis Brendan Yarn, you're asked to call the Albany police Department or Crime Stoppers, the number is 229-436-TIPS. You can remain anonymous.